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The Chocolate Wars

Co-authored by dazzlikat. Concept and co-authorship by JamesWoodwright

The Conflict

The Chocolate Wars were a series of military conflicts running in the years 2057 and 2059. The first was between the UK merchant marines and the Togolese Pirates. The second was between Nigerians and the Togolese Pirates. These conflicts were over the trade of Cocoa Beans from Nigeria.

Prelude

After The Great Rewind and with help of telegraph technology, the UK opened up trade with Nigeria for the trade of cocoa beans, by sending merchant ships on a staggered rotation. After some time, when the British merchant ships returned, they came back with less than they were expecting. When the crew was questioned, the officials expected to find them liable for criminal damages. The crew replied they were hijacked by pirates, and while they fought back they suffered losses, not to the fleet themselves but lost of trade items.

Deployment

Knowing this, the British sent a military convoy of two ironclad ships with the trade vessels. This had the desired effect, so the British keep this plan going. On one of their military convoys, the Pirates were ready and fought back.

Battlefield

The Military conflict was waged in the Gulf of Guinea.

Conditions

For the British, having the battlefield so far away from home shores meant that logistics were an issue. The two ironclad vessels, caught in the skirmish, were all that the British had to defend their precious cargo. The Togolese pirates had the advantage as they knew the surrounding area. They knew which areas they could ambush the British or hijack their ships from without them knowing.

The Engagement

Firstly, the pirates are anchored in a cove hidden by sea cliffs and barrier reefs. Pirate lookouts on the cliffs spots the tiny British fleet and waited for the coming rainstorm to launch their attack for the merchant ships. Once the rain started, four dinghies, fifteen men per dinghy, use the cover of the storm to quietly row over to the ironclads, a dire threat to the pirate ships.   Two dinghies went to each ironclad. The first pair made it to one ironclad and made it aboard unnoticed where they then started to sneak their way to the place to set their explosives.   The other two dinghies reached the second and started climbing aboard. In the process, one of their dinghies thumped hard into the ironclad's side, making enough noise to alert the crew on deck. There was a fierce fight with the British sailors getting the upper hand with their rifles.   Forced to flee for their lives, the pirates abandoned their mission on the second ironclad and most dove into the sea to clamour back aboard their dinghies and row hard for the shore, leaving behind their explosives which the British sailors quickly tossed overboard.   The explosives kicked up a lot of water but did not harm the second ironclad. With the pirates and explosives taken care of, the second ironclad turned to their sister ironclad. There they saw pirates aboard and they opened fire with their rifles. Pirates scrambled to escape the flying bullets. Many dove off the ironclad to their dingy and followed the first pair of dinghies back to shore.   The crew of the first ironclad failed to discover the explosives in time. The ironclad began to rapidly and many men were drowned. Those who escaped the lower decks were fished out of the sea by the merchant ships and with one remaining ironclad.

Outcome

The British were moderately successful at repelling their attackers, but the assailants still came on board with explosives. One of the British Soldiers managed to throw the last one overboard before it detonated. The pirates then offered the British one last option. To leave or they would be killed where they stood if they stayed. The British, swallowing their pride, agreed to leave. While the pirates were disembarking, one of the British soldiers shot one of the pirates. The other pirates continued to disembark and said there would be hell to pay if they came back.

Aftermath

As a result of this conflict, the British went into trade negotiations with the Portuguese for Carob instead of cocoa beans. For the Nigerians, they were angered that the pirates had scared off the British and their industry was failing. This, as a result, kick-started The Chocolate Wars II.

Historical Significance

Legacy

  • The British did not return to the shores of the Gulf of Guinea.
  • The British did trade with British Guiana for other commodities.
  • They didn’t trade for cocoa beans fearing another skirmish.
  • Much of trade is localised in Europe, or the Americas and the British are willing to go through the Panama Canal. To trade with the western coasts of the Americas
  • Recipes are now changed to allow for carob to be in the ingredients list and chocolate confections disappeared from the British shelves.

In Literature

A version of Ring Around The Rosie with the lyrics changed so that it tells the story of the skirmish is sung by children.
Ring a ring a ships
Pockets full of beans
A bang a bang
We all fall down.
— Children Dancing In A Circle
No one knows for sure what the two bangs correspond to. The first bang could be the grappling hook on the first ironclad ship while the second bang could be the bang of the bomb in the ocean or the bang from the first ironclad ship being destroyed.

800px-Gulf_of_Guinea_(English).jpg

Gulf of Guinea by Wikimedia Commons

Conflict Type
Naval Skirmish

Belligerents

The British Merchant Marines
The Togolese Pirates

Strength

  • 2 Ironclad ships
  • 1,412 Crew
  • 3 Merchant ships
  • 24 Crew
  • 704 Pirates
  • 4 Dinghies

Casualties

  • 1 Ironclad ship
  • 441 Dead Crew
  • 74 Injured
  • 176 Dead
  • 34 Injured
  • 1 Dinghies

Objectives

  • Protect The Cargo On Merchant Ships
  • Steal The Cargo

Article Contents

Further Resources

Portuguese Carob
Ethnicity | Sep 22, 2021

References

Image References

Acknowledgements

Dazzlikat
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ErinRigh
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Kahuna the Elder
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SableAradia
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Shadow Malachi
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6 Aug, 2021 12:36

I think a quote with the words the children sing about the skirmish would work really well here.

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8 Aug, 2021 16:01

That was an awesome suggestion and has been completed!

18 Aug, 2021 13:29

Good work on cleaning up the physical inconsistencies in the Engagement section. Now it's much easier to envision.

18 Aug, 2021 16:16

Thank you. And thank you for your input on realism.